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Will the comprehensive medical textbook someday become the dinosaur of medical publishing? Each succeeding edition is bulkier and heavier than the last. Hundreds of contributors from scores of institutions are more adept at literary addition and elaboration than deletion and condensation. Every disease must be mentioned, however briefly, lest the final work be accused of being incomplete. A single editor cannot manage such a production; a half dozen or more editors are the rule. The result is often an expensive volume of uneven quality with some material obsolescent even before the publication date. As the rate increases in new knowledge,
The Principles and Practice of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;77:488–489. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-3-488
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(3):488-489.
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